Episode Archive

More than 1500 episodes* on just about any kind of thing you can think of. Collectively, we call it “stuff.” There’s definitely something in here that will pique your interest.

*We did the math once and listening every minute of every day, it would take more than a month to make it through the catalog. And what a month that would be!

Selects: The Duality of Caffeine

July 20, 2024 46 min

Caffeine is a heck of a drug - at the same time it's both good and bad for you. Learn the good, bad and ugly about this everyday stimulant in this classic episode.

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HPV and You

July 18, 2024 44 min

Human papilloma virus, HPV, is an unusually common bug among humans. Most of the time it’s benign and your body manages to overcome the infection. Sometimes it can linger and cause warts.  But in the worst cases, HPV infections can actually cause cancer.

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Short Stuff: Sitzpinklers Unite

July 17, 2024 15 min

Sitzpinklers - men who sit down to pee - is a big thing in Germany, and a handful of other places. And if Josh and Chuck have any say it’ll catch on like wildfire around the world. 

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The Puritans in America

July 16, 2024 50 min

The founding of New England by the Puritans is quite a story. Today, we dive into who those people were.

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Selects: Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, Feminist Physician

July 13, 2024 49 min

Becoming the first licensed woman physician in America was tough, convincing male surgeons to wash their hands between patients was even tougher. In this classic episode Josh and Chuck pay tribute to a genuine pioneer in medicine and society.

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Salsa: NOT THE DANCE

July 11, 2024 45 min

Salsa is one of the great inventions of the culinary world. Here in the USA it's mainly a vehicle for tortilla chips. In Mexico, it's more like a sauce to add to, well, anything. Get ready to be hungry!

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Short Stuff: Milk Wars

July 10, 2024 14 min

If you’re a mobster and you can’t make money off of booze any longer what should you move to next? How about milk?

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Jane Goodall: All Good

July 9, 2024 46 min

There aren’t too many people walking around today who get a pass from the entire world for anything remotely negative they do or say. That’s just how the world receives Jane Goodall, and she’s earned that from a lifetime of building greater human understanding of our animal relatives.

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Selects: How the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World Work, Part II

July 6, 2024 44 min

In this classic episode, we finish revisiting our 2017 tour of the best sights of the ancient world when we get deep into the history of a lighthouse that stood for 1200 years, an unsettling statue of Zeus, the world’s first mausoleum, and Chuck’s favorite, the Colossus of Rhodes!

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Salute to Women Inventors

July 4, 2024 41 min

Women inventors have always had a tough time, for obvious reasons. So we're here today to pay tribute to those who persevered in the face of the laws and customs that prevented progress. 

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